Aug 9, 2012

வறுத்து அரச்ச பன்னீர் கறி / Varutharacha Paneer Curry / Paneer Cooked in a Roasted Spices & Coconut Sauce

Hello Friends..Happy Krishna jayanthi everyone..Sorry about not having a glossary for krishna jayathi in my blog. I totally forgot about that, because I am a air head..HE HE..I thought of creating a glossary but some how missed it..I am planning to make so many things, but yet to start cooking. I will try to post pictures of our krishna jayanthi celebration in our house.

Now coming back to the recipe…Today we are cooking with Cottage Cheese/ Paneer, Its my favorite... I always have a packet of that in our fridge, because you never know when you need it. The cool thing about this is it gives you the meatier taste which a chicken provides and also it absorbs the flavour which you all into it.

This recipe was born from an accident. Because I thought of making it entirely different. But somehow the curry landed like this..I am not complaining about this, because the taste was wonderful. I hope you will give it a try and tell me how it turned out for you.


Paneer - 200 gms cubed
Oil- 2 tblspn
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp

For Roasting & Grinding 1:
Oil- 1 tblspn
Fennel Seeds / Sombu - 1 tsp
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 small piece
Cumin Seeds / Jeerkam - 1 tsp
Coriander seeds / Kothamalli - 1 tblspn
Dry Red Chilli - 10 ( I used Kashmiri Mirch)
Coconut -2 tblspn

For Roasting & Grinding 2:
Oil- 1 tblspn
Onion - 1 chopped
Tomato-1 chopped


Heat 1 tblspn oil in a kadai. Add in cubed paneer cubes and fry till light golden. Remove them and soak them it hot water till use. This way the paneer remains soft.

Heat 1 tblspn of oil and add in the fennel,cinnamon,cumin,coriander and dry red chilli  and roast them till everything turns golden. It will take around 5 mins.

Add in coconut and saute them for 3-4 mins.

Now remove them in a blender and make into a fine puree by adding some water. Keep this aside for just a moment.

Heat 1 tblspn oil again and add in onions and saute till they turn golden. Add in tomatoes and mix well. Cook for a couple of minutes.

Now remove them to the same blender where the spice masala is kept. Grind all these together to a smooth paste.

Heat 1 tblspn oil in the same kadai and add the ground masala. Add some water and bring everything to a boil.

Add in salt and sugar to taste. Mix well and simmer this for 15-20 mins till oil separates from this.

Now add in the drained paneer cubes and simmer for 5 more mins.

Switch off the flame and serve with roti or anything.

Take all your ingrediants
Start by frying paneer cubes
fry till they turn golden
remove them and soak it in hot water till use
Now fry whole spices..Add fennel to a tblspn of oil
add cinnamon
cumin seeds
coriander seeds
and some lovely kashmiri red chilli
roast roast and roast
add coconut in
and roast for few more minutes
remove them to a blender
and make into a puree
now heat oil in a kadai
add onions in
and saute for few minutes
add in tomatoes and saute for few minutes
now add this to the same blender
and make into a puree
add that to a kadai
sprinkle some salt and a tiny amount of sugar
add some water and bring it to a boil
simmer till oil separates
now add in drained paneer cubes
and mix well


  1. Nice twist,sounds yummy,thanks for sharing

  2. I am so going to make it over the weekend :)

  3. ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கு.

  4. I had some leftover paneer, so I made it today. Wow, it was so spicy! My husband tried a little when it was simmering and asked me: "Can we make a whole bucket of raita to have with this?". Hehe.

  5. Tasty n this goes well wid pulav... Easy to prepare... Thank you

  6. Yummy... Tis dish goes wel wid mealmaker pulav... Easy to prepare too... Thank you mam..

  7. Yummy... Tis dish goes wel wid mealmaker pulav... Easy to prepare too... Thank you mam..


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